un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Definition of uneven

2a : not even : not level or smooth : rugged, ragged large uneven teeth uneven handwriting
b : varying from the straight or parallel
c : not uniform : irregular uneven combustion
d : varying in quality an uneven performance
3 : unequal sense 3a an uneven confrontation

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Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb
unevenness \ ˌən-​ˈē-​və(n)-​nəs How to pronounce unevenness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for uneven

rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of uneven in a Sentence

His breathing was shallow and uneven. You should check your car's tires often for signs of uneven wear. an uneven distribution of wealth We have an uneven number of players, so we'll have to rotate.
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Recent Examples on the Web Danielle Savin has been a personal witness to the wildly uneven ways in which states have responded to the virus. Author: Tamara Lush And Jim Vertuno, Anchorage Daily News, "Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears," 4 July 2020 Teheran had one of his most uneven seasons last year, leading the Braves to initially exclude him from their postseason roster. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Angels pitcher Julio Teheran missing from camp for second day in row," 4 July 2020 Books are read by volunteers who are not required to have any acting or public speaking experience, so the quality of the recordings may be uneven. Richard Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Public Library, BiblioTech and other websites offer free ebooks," 2 July 2020 While the unemployment rate has dropped for two consecutive months, the improvement is uneven among the races. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Economy added 4.8M jobs in June, before surge in coronavirus infections," 2 July 2020 Some of the exterior details are also ragged, like the uneven line formed by the bottoms of the headlights, turn signals, and grille panel. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1986 Ford Taurus LX Shapes the Future of the Family Sedan," 2 July 2020 Wore these to Vietnam and Fiji through sand, water, road, and uneven terrain. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "These Ultra-comfortable Sandals Have Over 6,400 Five-star Reviews — and They’re Majorly Marked Down Right Now," 23 June 2020 But it’s being done in an uneven way, with some states far less cautious than others. Time, "Dr. Anthony Fauci Tells Lawmakers He Is Cautiously Optimistic There Will Be a COVID-19 Vaccine by Late 2020 or Early 2021," 23 June 2020 But it's being done in an uneven way, with some states far less cautious than others. Author: Lauran Neergaard, Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Anchorage Daily News, "Next few weeks critical to preventing another nationwide coronavirus surge, Fauci says," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of uneven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Uneven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneven. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uneven

: not level, flat, or smooth
: not straight or parallel
: not following a regular pattern : not the same in all parts or at all times


un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Kids Definition of uneven

1 : odd sense 3 uneven numbers
2 : not level, straight, or smooth an uneven surface
3 : irregular sense 4 uneven breathing
4 : varying in quality an uneven performance
5 : unequal sense 2 an uneven competition

Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb The board was cut unevenly.

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